The Season 2015-16: Pace

Pace

You can see everything I have on the Patriots in 2015-16 here –> PACE

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets, due to missing results. Pace was 7-1 at Beast of the Beach, losing only to eventual champ Arnold there, but it was there where the Patriots’ first missing result was found, and there were several more situations where there were missing duals. Please review the attached document for a review of the Patriots’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: On the whole — from what we were able to determine — there are a lot of teams that would have liked to have had Pace’s season, as the Patriots had at least 20 dual victories and, I would suspect, more than 25, plus some solid IBT showings (top half at Capital City, a second at Gulf Breeze). Pace had a solid second at District 1 and a top-10 in a brutally-competitive Region 1 tournament, with three state qualifiers. Pace might be the team to beat in District 1 next year, with 12 returning starters, including nine region qualifiers and one returning state qualifier.

2015-16 MVP: With a region title under his belt and advancing to Saturday at the 2A state tournament, plus his place as one of two returning senior starters, Anthony Krevatas was one of the two cornerstones behind the Patriots’ success in 2015-16. Krevatas was in the most competitive weight class at Border Wars, and followed that tournament up with 12 wins in his next 13 matches — including eight in a row — before incomplete result submissions made it difficult to follow his season. But as reported to FHSAA, Krevatas wouldn’t lose again in the regular season, dropping a decision to Niceville MVP Jack Johnson in the District 1 final in a back-and-forth rivalry that Krevatas was able to get back twice, in the Region 1 final and in the consi second round at states.

2016-17 captain: Of Pace’s three state qualifiers in March, only Sullivan Gerlits will return for the 2016-17 season. In December of 2015, though, whether Gerlits would make it to states was looking like a very open question, with five straight losses after a season-opening win. Going into 2016, Gerlits was still under .500, but put several things together in January. Whatever Gerlits did, it worked, as it resulted in a District 1 runnerup effort and fourth-place showing at Region 1, where Gerlits made the semis and then lost to the eventual state finalist, Lincoln MVP Jaycie Rudd. Gerlits only got two matches at states, but the experienced gained should be very influential on a Patriot team loaded with go-getters wanting more in 2016-17.

Heaton’s Hero: With one exception in 2015-16, every Patriot starter was well above the .500 line, but the one that wasn’t filled a key hole in the Pace starting lineup. Brady Deloach didn’t start for the Patriots until January, and therefore I don’t have a lot of definition in his season. There were quite a few quick losses, but Deloach was a consistent presence in the lineup once he joined it, and he’ll only get better, with as much returning experience in the lineup as there projects to be. Brady Deloach is the Pace representative for the Heaton’s Hero nomination.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Austin O’Gara (senior, wrestled 106 this past year, District 1 4th place); Joseph Verda (junior, wrestled 113 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Kevin Green (senior, wrestled 120 this past year, District 1 4th place); Leland Knoch (senior, wrestled 126 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Owen Moore (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, District 1 3rd place); David Montano (senior, wrestled 145/152 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Sullivan Gerlits (senior, wrestled 152/160 this past year, District 1 runnerup. Region 1 4th place); Justin Gehrke (senior, wrestled 160/170 this past year, District 1 4th place); Brian Miller (senior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, District 1 4th place); Nick Singletary (senior, wrestled 195 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Brady Deloach (junior, wrestled 220 this past year, 1 match from regions); Murphy Bennett (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, District 1 3rd place). Also: Jonah Vitale (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Tyler Tran (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Cameron Bennett (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); John Gunther (sophomore, wrestled 170 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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Jax Elite at VA Nats Day 1

From what we’re able to tell, it looks like the Jacksonville Elite Wrestling Academy Misfits team has gone 0-3 in a tough round of pool competition in the first day of the Virginia National Duals event.

The event runs over three days at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, where folkstyle nationals were held in April.

According to what I’m able to see (which isn’t much, I wonder if full match-by-match results are viewable on FloPro, one of the many things I really don’t like about Flo Wrestling), Silverback WC beat the Misfits, 34-27, in their first pool match.

The second match saw Contender Elite Legacy win over the Misfits, 41-12, with the third pool match going in favor of School of Hard Knocks, 45-17.

Bracketed competition should begin on Sunday.

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The Season 2015-16: Rickards

Rickards

You can see everything I have on the Raiders in 2015-16 here –> RICKARDS

Win/loss record: 0-1 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a review of the Raiders’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: From the results I have, the season was definitely a short one, with the first (and as it turned out, only) dual set for January 12, with no wrestling scheduled prior to that date. The Raiders also had a numbers issue, with no wrestlers smaller than 152 in the lineup. That makes overall competitiveness a difficult issue. It’s difficult to know with certainty who will be coming back, as four wrestlers saw varsity action during the year, but just one weighed in for districts. We were missing one set of results from Godby, which may partially explain the discrepancies in records I had and what was reported to FHSAA, but I wonder if there wasn’t another event that didn’t make it on to the Trackwrestling schedule.

2015-16 MVP/2016-17 captain: Jaden Merritt, by season’s end, was a one-person team for the Raiders this past year. Merritt had the most individual success during the regular season, finishing second at the Seminole Wrestling Classic, with a couple of solid wins along the way. Merritt did hit some struggles at the very competitive Wakulla Challenge. Still, though, Merritt was able, at 182, to qualify out of District 2 and then avenged one of his district losses, against NFC’s MVP, with a win at regions. It’s difficult for a one-man show to get far in the post-season — the need to see different kids and different situation is critical — but Merritt got to Saturday at Region 1, winning three matches on the back side. Assuming the program remains intact and assuming Merritt stays with the sport, going to state next year is a very real possibility, given that three of the four 182 qualifiers were seniors this past year. Let’s hope those assumptions become facts in 2016-17.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Merritt (senior, wrestled 182 this past year, District 2 4th place, 1 match from 1A states).

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The Season 2015-16: Middleburg

Middleburg

You can see everything I have on the Broncos in 2015-16 here –> MIDDLEBURG

Win/loss record: 16-9 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a review of the Broncos’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Middleburg went into every dual meet in 2015-16 short-handed by three weights (138/145/285) and between injuries, late arrivals and late developing kids, didn’t always happen to have that 11 in hand all at the same time. Still, the Broncos won 16 dual meets during the course of the year. There was one IBT where Middleburg struggled, due mainly to testing conflicts, but otherwise the Broncos were a consistent presence in the top third at Wakulla, Flagler Rotary and Clay Rotary. But few outside the Bronco room would have predicted both district and region titles — the latter coming in a mad scramble amoung six teams that were separated by just a dozen points. As a team, Middleburg could not hold that momentum going into states, as previous region champions in 2A-Region 1 had also experienced — what that demonstrates is how even the competition truly is in that region. The Broncos are going to need lots of numbers, between being short-handed already plus a bevy of seniors moving on, but the returners that are back are very solid.

2015-16 MVP: It took a kid with a heckuva resume to defeat Jonathan Shoen this past year. All four that did it were state placers and two wound up winning states in either 1A or 2A. In the meantime, Shoen used his signature cradle to put together an exceptional season at 170 pounds for the Broncos, winning the first 16 matches of his season. Shoen did sustain two losses at the Wakulla Challenge, in what had to be one of the deepest weight classes in a very solid field, but after that event’s conclusion, Shoen didn’t lose again until the state finals on Saturday, with titles at Flagler Rotary, Clay Rotary, districts and regions — the last one where he avenged an earlier loss. Shoen led a very solid senior class at Middleburg that was multi-faceted in its talent, and as one of the state’s 84 finalists, he was certainly among the state’s elite as well.

2016-17 captain: I think I could go in one of four directions here, but I’m going to go with the best combination of resume and experience, and that leads me to tab Kurt Jackson for the position. Jackson’s one of those kids who is so close to figuring out how good he might be, and his opponents won’t be happy when that happens. Jackson missed out on North Florida Duals, but once he did join the lineup, he won 13 of his first 14 matches and ripped off another 10-match win streak during the second half of St Johns River Conference and the first part of the Wakulla CHallenge. As it turned out, Jackson was a runnerup — in a near-50/50 matchup — at districts and came back to take fourth at regions after an early loss. It can sometimes take some time for upper-weight underclassmen just to overcome strength disadvantages. Jackson seemed to have that covered this year, against most kids, and now just has to put all the pieces together, which often happens with experience.

Heaton’s Hero: Caleb King was a natural 126 and in at least his ideal world, he might have spent the entirety of the season there, but there was a pretty solid, college-bound senior already at that weight, and so — in order to help out the team — King spent most of the year at 132. Early on in the season, he had some success there, getting over the .500 mark just before St Johns River Conference in Matanzas. But the stretch run put its toll on King, who was 5-15 — according to what I have and reported in the attachment above — in the second half of the year. As it turned out, King did not wrestle in the post-season, but for starting and finishing the regular season in the lineup and moving up when the Broncos needed him — and they needed everybody they could get — Caleb King is the Heaton’s Hero for Middleburg.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Briar Jackson (sophomore, wrestled 113 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 3rd place); Austin Benton (junior, wrestled 120 this past year, District 3 3rd place); Storm Mercado (sophomore, wrestled 132 this past year, District 3 4th place); Cody Eastwood (senior, wrestled 152 this past year, District 3 runnerup); Robbie Riesenbeck (junior, wrestled 160 this past year, 1 match from regions); Bryan Heflin (junior, wrestled 182 this past year, District 3 runnerup, 1 match from 2A states); K. Jackson (junior, wrestled 195 this past year, District 3 runnerup, Region 1 4th place). Also: King (junior, wrestled 126/132 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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Knights Attack Classic — Freestyle

As before with the folkstyle previously posted, place finishes were posted for each contested weight class, as scores and/or fall times were not available.

Junior Division
113: 1. Scotty Tacinelli. 2. Logan Simmons. 3. Killian Prentice.
120: 1. Daniel Porter. 2. Carmen Thomas.
170: 1. Max Beavor. 2. Jason Mitchell.
182: 1. Rafael Wilkerson. 2. Karlos Wilson. 3. David Thompson.

Cadet
152: 1. Ethan Gustilo. 2. Christopher Davies. 3. Hunter Malson.

Novice
65: 1. Kale Hannant.
90: 1. Kale Richinia. 2. Carter Lemieux.

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Knights Attack Classic — Folkstyle

Place finishes from Saturday’s event. Scotes & fall times were not published, so I published the place finishes.

Junior Division
120: 1. Frank Sawyer. 2. Daniel Porter. 3. Scotty Tacinelli.
126: No results submitted to Track.
132: 1. Ethan Gustilo. 2. Nick Lipka. 3. Philip Wright.
145: 1. Dashner St. Vilus. 2. Bryce Williams.
152: 1. Christopher Davies. 2. Dustin Tollison.
170: 1. Nartorian Lee. 2. Brandon Dickman. 3. Max Beavor. 4. Christopher Mixan.
182: 1. Rafael Wilkerson. 2. Chandler Merrier. 3. David Thompson. 4. Carlos Wilson.
220: 1. Tyler Dehart. 2. Deon Williams. 3. Jesse Jennette.

Cadet
106: 1. Payton Kate. 2. Logan Simmons.
145: 1. Trenton Carroll. 2. Dawson Reed. 3. Gavin Thomas. 4. Tanner Hill.
220: 1. RObert Baker. 2. Hayden Malson. 3. Adain Fitzpatrick.

Schoolboy/girl
105: 1. James Benton. 2. Kyle Scott.
112: 1. Killian Prestice. 2. Luke Davis. 3. Dalton Falana.
120: 1. Dylon York. 2. Carmen Thomas.
175: 1. Hunter Malson. 2. Jason Mitchell.

Novice
65: 1. Kyle Hannant. 2. Egan Gustilo.
95: No results submitted to Track.

Intermediate
75: 1. Wyatt Leduc. 2. Bradley Burdick. 3. Liam Davis.
80: No results submitted to Track.

Bantam
50: 1. Cayden Miller. 2. Timothy Burdick.
65: 1. Merrick Miller. 2. Chris Piraino.

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The Season 2015-16: Clay

Clay

You can see everything I have on the Blue Devils in 2015-16 here –> CLAY

Win/loss record: 23-8 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a review of the Blue Devils’ performance in IBT events.

A quick disclaimer: We received all team dual results for Clay this year, but we did not get all individual match-by-match results (we want very much for this to not be an issue next season). Therefore, in constructing the season, Clay’s own compiled year-end stats were very helpful — but required us to work backward from state, which was a little unusual. So we have most of the starters showing, in capitals, a combined record from the Battle at the Beach & Troy Smith Duals events that would have to be accurate in order to make the math work on the final season record.

Season in a nutshell: Clay found itself back in Region 1 after a two-year absence, and the slogan — “A New Era Begins” — was proven behind the Blue Devils’ 17th consecutive district title and what Clay hopes will be a new string of region titles as well, with a runnerup finish at states, the highest team finish of any team in the coverage area. The Blue Devils also brought home IBT wins at Somerset Scuffle and Clay Rotary; they were the only team in the coverage area to finish no lower than second place in any tournament they entered in 2015-16. At districts, Clay won 13 of the 14 weight classes; seven of those district champs return, but there are a number of kids waiting their turn to take over a roster spot, plus Clay never really rebuilds. It just keeps dominating with new kids.

2015-16 MVP: This is another one of those teams where there could be several MVP candidates, but when you’re the local newspaper’s wrestler of the year and in the running for the area’s athlete of the year per another media outlet, there is no other best choice for MVP than state champion Derek Miller, who came in from Kentucky during the off-season, started making his mark at Disney Duals and never really stopped. Miller won 11 matches in a row from the Smoky Mountain Duals over Christmas break through the finals of the Somerset Scuffle, but most importantly put together a 12-match win streak to close out the season after falling in the finals at Clay Rotary, winning 10 in the post-season. You saw Miller steadily get better and better from the start of the year to the end, avenging three key losses from earlier in the year down the stretch from Uncivil War through the tournament series. Great kid, great addition to the Blue Devil room this past season.

2016-17 captain: A program like Clay’s won’t lack for leadership on the mat or off — there are three returning region champs, after all, and three region runners-up that would be captains at a lot of programs, but in the spirit of just choosing one, it’s hard to overlook the progress that Chris Merring made in going from starter and state qualifier to state finalist in 2015-16. Merring had a few opportunities during the course of the year where even simply starting was in jeopardy (more on that in a little bit), but once he made the mental commitment to doing what it took for that, the physical reward — in victories — piled up, as Merring won both district and region titles after not winning a regular-season IBT this past year, pinning his way into the finals. On the state’s biggest stage, Merring did struggle some, but he wrestled his way into the chance for a state title, something only 84 kids in Florida could boast. Tons of talent in the room — at his weight and around it — helped him get there, and will help him keep his team there in 2016-17.

Heaton’s Hero: Normally we would look at a wrestler that struggles — always a relative term in the Clay room, because Clay kids that struggle might be among most teams’ better kids — so instead we’re going to turn this one on its head. Peyton Hughes saw plenty of mat time as a varsity competitor in 2015-16, and plenty of success as well, winning the Somerset Scuffle at 113, (9-7 over teammate Merring in the final), splitting matches with Merring at Westside Kiwanis, and reaching the finals of Clay Rotary after winning what might have been the best match I saw all year in the GCS Rotary semis. I made mention on more than one occasion that Peyton Hughes was the best wrestler in the coverage area that was not ranked. And he did not get a chance to show it in the post-season, losing a wrestleoff to Merring that probably had a state-level feel to that match. It’ll be fun to see them both in the lineup next year. Peyton Hughes is the Heaton’s Hero for Clay.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Louie Gagliardo (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 runnerup, 5th at 1A states); C. Merring (senior, wrestled 113 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 champ, 1A state runnerup); Dylan Taylor (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 runnerup, 6th at 1A states); Keath Sawdo (senior, wrestled 145 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 champ, 5th at 1A states); Connor Green (junior, wrestled 152 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 3rd place, 6th at 1A states); Garrett Weseman (junior, wrestled 160 this past year, District 3 4th place); Abbott Taylor (sophomore, wrestled 182 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 runnerup); Kaleb Collins (senior, wrestled 195 this past year, District 3 champ, Region 1 champ, 3rd at 1A states). Also: Hughes (sophomore, wrestled 113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Cody Taylor (senior, wrestled 132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Ryan Rivers (junior, wrestled 220 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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